Community Fundraising December Wrap-Up

Community Fundraising December Wrap-Up

14 January 2020

As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020, MIA would like to recognise the immense impact the national bushfires are having on the Australian community. Our thoughts are with all those affected.

We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.

Our friends at Manly Warringah Touch Football (Women's 30s) honoured their friend Peta Willard at their annual club dinner, where they raised over $1000 for MIA. Peta's husband Nathan spoke to over 250 players and the management team about Peta and her battle with melanoma. It was an incredibly moving day, and we extend our thanks to the club for their continued support.

Late last year, we introduced you to 10-year-old Heide who wanted to support her mum Pamela Tscherkasky, a melanoma survivor, and raise funds for MIA. We are delighted to announce that after shaving her head at her school, Narangba State School, Heide raised $325. Thank you to everyone who donated, and a special thank you to Heide.

St Cecilia's Primary School has a fundraising program called 'Little Feet, Big Footprints' where the Year 6 students choose a charity to raise money for and highlight through presentations. After some families were affected by melanoma, the St Cecilia's students and community elected to throw their support behind MIA and raised over $300 Thank you for your support.

In lieu of gifts for her 50th birthday celebrations, Trina Harbor chose to fundraise for MIA. Ten years ago her father was diagnosed with cancer and tragically passed away only four months later. Now, working in the field of melanoma herself, she realises just how important it is to be having regular skin checks. Thank you to all Trina's friends and family who donated, and thank you, Trina, for your amazing contribution of $1900 from your birthday fundraiser.

A donation of over $4000 is the cumulative total of two years worth of fundraising and awareness activities from the girls in Lilley House at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. They chose to fundraise for MIA to support of one of their Grammar families who sadly lost a loved one to melanoma. Well done ladies, and thank you for spreading the important message.

You may have seen Adam Brook, just 27 years of age, highlighted on our social media for Fundraiser Friday. Adam was recently diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma after previously having 55 lymph nodes removed from his neck. Adam and a group of gym-goers at Fit2Function Tamworth completed a 24-hour cycling marathon to raise awareness of melanoma and fundraise for MIA. Each team member pedalled the exercise bike for half-an-hour, before swapping with another person. The team pushed themselves to their physical limits and completed the 24-hour challenge, raising an incredible $5130. A huge thank you to all involved, and to Adam for organising the event.

Finally, we would like to say an enormous thank you to the Lord Mayor of Parramatta and council members for raising an astonishing $10,000 for MIA through their annual raffle.

We continue to be humbled by the spirit and support shown by our community.

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